‘Fis­cal pow­ers will aid NITI to work bet­ter with states’

Mint ST - - VIEWS - RAJIV KUMAR

enough that we work on an ob­jec­tive ba­sis? any agency, whether NITI Aayog or any other agency, to be able to al­lo­cate funds for fo­cused in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment in rel­a­tively back­ward re­gions such as north­east­ern In­dia. I think NITI Aayog is the right body (for it) be­cause work­ing with the states and co­op­er­a­tive, and com­pet­i­tive fed­er­al­ism, are the man­dates of NITI Aayog. We can achieve a bet­ter work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the states if we can have some fi­nan­cial lever­age. It will help push for­ward some of the projects like link­ing rivers. It will help our di­a­logue and the re­la­tion­ship with states.

PRADEEP GAUR/MINT

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